Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:23 AM
Thursday, Oct 25 at 10:35 AM
AUSTIN -- A controversial proposition over health care in Central Texas heats up.
Dozens of organizations gathered at Dell Children’s Medical Center Thursday morning in support of Proposition 1 on the Travis County Ballot. The hospital is among the supporters. The group included doctors, nurses, faith-based groups, for profit and non-profit businesses and local Chambers of Commerce.
The group held orange signs of support as they gathered inside Dell Children's. One by one many took a turn at the podium.
For some, the support stems from the medical care Prop 1 is designed to provide.
- A medical school
- Community wide health clinics
- Behavioral and mental health care
- Prevention and wellness programs
Supporters say many in Austin will benefit from higher quality health care and more accessible health care, in particular the under-insured, uninsured and senior citizens.
Seniors are among the fastest growing population, but many struggle to find health care. Fewer doctors are accepting Medicare patients.
“We have so many people there who don't have a doctor. If they get sick they have to go to the emergency room. We have people with no teeth. There's no dental in Austin at all for seniors,” explained senior citizen Jo Staton. “The insurance companies will not even pay for dental so there [are] a lot of needs that Prop 1 would give us. It's something we desperately need.”
The rally Thursday morning comes on the heels of opposition.
If approved, Prop 1 would raise tax dollars. On average a Travis County homeowner would pay about $107 more a year. St. David’s says some of the tax dollars raised should also go toward reimbursing the expenses current medical facilities have already incurred.
The battle for votes continues as more people head to the polls. Early voting is still underway. Election Day is Nov. 6.